Chain News & Profiles

Chain News & Profiles includes news on chain restaurants, operations, profiles, trend pieces and new concepts.

Home Run Inn’s Legacy

A brief look at Home Run Inn's storied past offers a glimpse into how the restaurant evolved into a Chicago-area icon.

Home Run Inn

Streamlining productivity and ensuring menu consistency in a tightly designed layout allows this company's casual dining restaurants to compete successfully in one of the most competitive pizzeria markets in the country.

Georgio’s Pizza Slices Up the Chicago Pizza Market

Brian Coli, co-owner of this emerging Chicago-area chain, talks about what it takes to be successful in today's pizza segment, including equipment, labor and more.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza has an Appetite for Growth

Endeavoring to become a national player in the über-competitive pizza segment is not for the timid. Nevertheless, it's a goal that Hungry Howie's Pizza has set out to accomplish by taking its core strengths — freshly made, flavored-crust pizza to-go — to market in new, strategic ways. The Michigan Heights, Mich.-based chain has rolled out a new prototype, freshened up its look, established new marketing initiatives and tightened up its operations to reduce costs, ensure consistency and enhance speed of service.

Case Study: Tropical Smoothie, Destin, Fla.

An operation cannot always thrive on smoothies alone. This is what Tropical Smoothie founders Eric and Delora Jenrich and David Walker discovered in 1999, two years after opening their first Tropical Smoothie concept.

Mama Fu’s Asian House

A small chain with big plans, Mama Fu's Asian House is set to sizzle in the burgeoning Asian fast-casual segment.

Cracker Barrel Updates Senior Management

Cochran and Woodhouse continue to climb the restaurant chain's corporate ladder.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group Announces Leadership Changes

Uno Unveils Environmentally Friendly Prototype

As part of an initiative that started two years ago, casual dining chain Uno's has slowly started to roll out a new prototype unit that has less of an impact on the environment than before.

Chain Operating Report for July 26

Advent Buys Bojangles Restaurants